Get in the mood for Christmas

30 November 2012

A series of family festive fun at Aberdeen City Council's museums and galleries begins this weekend [Saturday 01 December] at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

Celebrate the start of the festive season by making decorations to take home or to hang on the Christmas tree in the art gallery and make edible decorations with Aberdeen Sugarcraft Guild.

The drop-in session is on from 10.30am until 3.30pm and will include some musical magic from the Madlamark Choir from Aberdeen's twin city Stavanager, Norway. The choir will perform at 1.15pm and 2.15pm in the Centre Court.

Saturday's event is free and is sponsored by the council's Aberdeen's City Events.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager Christine Rew said: "The festive season is a busy time for everyone but as we head towards the end of another year I hope people of all ages will take time out to enjoy our special programme of Christmas events.

"It has been a great year for us so I would like to wish all our visitors a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2013."

The other events include performances by Granite City Chorus; the North of Scotland's only male barbershop choir, Tea Cosy; an alternative arts and craft fair, a Christmas flower arranging class, a performance by the Bon Accord Quintet and a lunchtime talk about Christmas in Victorian times.

Festive music at the maritime

Saturday 8 December

12.30pm-1.30pm

Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow

The Bon Accord Quintet, members of the Bon Accord Silver Band will perform a selection of festive favourites.

Admission free

This event is supported by Aberdeen City Council City Events.

Granite City Chorus

Saturday 8 December

1.15pm and 2.15pm

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill

Enjoy a selection of seasonal songs from the North of Scotland's only male barbershop chorus.

Admission free

This event is supported by Aberdeen City Council City Events.

Tea Cosy

Saturday 8 December

10am-6pm

Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, Aberdeen

Entry £1 - Adults, children - admission free

Tea Cosy is an alternative art, craft & design fair set out in the style of a tea party in a pop up location. Set up by SMART Consultants in 2009, the aim of Tea Cosy is to bring together creative talents from the North-east and beyond to sell their high quality wares at a unique event in Aberdeen. A wide range of hand crafted items will be available at this year's event including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustration, printmaking and much more.

A Victorian Christmas

Wednesday 12 December

12:30pm-1pm

Provost Skene's House, Guestrow, Aberdeen

Lunchtime talk with curator, Victoria Ward

Admission free but advance booking required by telephoning (01224) 641086.

Christmas flower arranging

Friday 14 December

2pm-4pm

Provost Skene's House, Guestrow, Aberdeen

£12 (£10 Accord Card Holders) to book telephone (01224) 523700.

Join the experts from Aberdeen and County Floral Group to create either your own Christmas flower cake and/or table centre. This is a fun and informal workshop for adults, perfect for people new to flower arranging. Some materials included - details will be sent out at time of booking. No prior experience is necessary.

Full details of the festive programme at the city's museums and galleries can be found at www.aagm.co.uk

Remember to visit the Gallery shop for great Christmas gift ideas and seasonal cards, wrapping paper and 2013 calendars and diaries.